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Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

Keeping your stainless steel sparkling and streak free can be a challenge. This guide is about cleaning stainless steel appliances.

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Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances
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November 1, 2015 Flag
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Mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp baking soda, and 1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide. Add 4-6 cups hot water. Use a clean cloth. Dip cloth in solution and wring out, leaving cloth a little sloppy. Wipe down stainless steel with cloth. Allow to sit a minute. Wipe down with a dry cloth. Then wipe with a microfiber cloth. Very shiny! This solution also works to mop linoleum and tile floors and to clean the bathroom!

September 6, 2012 Flag
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Use Windex and coffee filters. The fibers in the coffee filters help get handprints and other things off stainless steel much better than a paper towel and dries clean without leaving smudges.

By Debbie N from Tacoma, WA

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May 5, 2009 Flag
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For 3 years I have been struggling to keep my stainless steel appliances clean. They always have drip marks and finger prints on them. Finally, I found the perfect solution and it is something almost everyone has in their home.

First clean the surface with warm soapy water and rinse. Yes, I know, you're going to see a lot of streaks. But, then spray WD-40 on a soft, lint-free cloth (I used an old t-shirt) and wipe over the stainless steel surface. Just a tiny bit will do it.

A very thin layer of WD-40 will really shine your appliances up and keep them smudge free for a long time. If finger prints or smudges do show up, just a dry soft cloth will erase them instantly. What a time saver this has been! Try it for yourself.

Source: I found this tip online after a very frustrating, and unsuccessful cleaning attempt.

By antiquefreeque from WI

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March 14, 2016 Flag
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The best way to clean stainless steel refrigerator doors and silver jewelry is toothpaste! Any brand will do, but it has to be the white paste. Use just a little, then wipe clean with Windex.

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June 10, 2009 Flag
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After cleaning your stainless steel, smear on some baby oil with a dry cloth. The stains will be easier to remove in future.

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January 17, 2016 Flag
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I never removed the blue film from the front of my new stainless steel dishwasher. I was trying to keep it clean! I started to remove it today and it has glued itself to the stainless steel. I am very slowly pulling little pieces away, but this might take weeks.
Has this happened to anyone else? How might you proceed to remove the blue film without scratching or ruining the stainless front panel? Advice welcome.

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June 3, 20160 found this helpful

Hair dryer!!!

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August 14, 20160 found this helpful

Goof off along the edge, peel back a bit, work the goof off onto the new edge and pull gently. The goof off seems to penetrate a fraction of an inch into the adhesive and if you take your time, it will all come off. This was after I tried the hair dryer and got no where. The film was at least 15 years old!

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May 11, 2012 Flag
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An easy way to clean and polish stainless steel appliances is with vegetable oil and a rag. Dampen the rag with some vegetable oil, wipe down the appliance and it will shine like new.

Polishing stainless steel with vegetable oil.

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July 27, 2016 Flag
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We recently had a house fire and my stainless steel dishwasher has a dull, film on it. The cleaning people used industrial cleaner and stainless steel cleaner and it's still dull with no shine. I have reclined it myself to no avail. What can I do?

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April 21, 2009 Flag
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To clean smudge marks off stainless steel appliances, make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub over the spots. Then wipe the appliance down with plain water, and dry.

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March 18, 2005 Flag
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Instead of spending money on high priced cleaners, to clean stainless steel appliances. Use plan old alcohol.

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March 26, 2015 Flag
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We recently had a house fire and my stainless steel back splash and vent-a-hood have a dull, film on them. The cleaning people used industrial cleaner and stainless steel cleaner and it's still dull with no shine. I have recleaned both myself to no avail. Any suggestions on how to get this cleaned would be appreciated. Thanks.

By Jules J

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March 28, 20150 found this helpful

I clean my stainless steel with isopropil alcohol and it works great!

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July 26, 20160 found this helpful

Removing Smoke Residue from Stainless Steel

We recently had a house fire and my stainless steel back splash and vent-a-hood have a dull, film on them. The cleaning people used industrial cleaner and stainless steel cleaner and it's still dull with no shine. I have recleaned both myself to no avail.

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July 12, 2011 Flag
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I am wanting to find a way to clean the top and outside of my stainless steel gas stove. I have tried soapy water like the instructions say or just a wet wash cloth, but it always leaves water spots or smudges. Please help me. Thanks.

By Alecia

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July 14, 20110 found this helpful

The resturants I worked at used oil. Very little on a rag or towel will shine it up perfectly and cleans it at the same time.

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July 18, 20110 found this helpful

We have a stainless steel elevator in this building. We use baby oil on a t-shirt rag to wipe down the walls, it doesn't leave any streaks.

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March 10, 2013 Flag
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Can anyone help on how to clean fingerprints off of a stainless steal appliance?

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February 18, 2013 Flag
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We have a smallish kitchen and stainless appliances. I've found my best solution is to use Awesome (at most dollar stores). I spray it, one door at a time, and use old towels or t-shirts to get some scrubbing ability.

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